End of Cervical Cancer Possible – But At Whose Cost?

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North Hollywood, California, May 24, 2010 — An article appearing in the May 19 issue of the Raleigh News Observer.com touted the headline End of Cervical Cancer Possible stating that North Carolina could be one of the first states to eliminate the disease.  The announcement was based on the opinions of a group of health care experts who met on Tuesday to launch that goal.

According to the article; “More than 100 clinicians, researchers, community activists and some cancer survivors attended the launch of the Cervical Cancer-Free Initiative at a Raleigh hotel. That’s almost as many women – 114, on average – who die of cervical cancer in North Carolina each year.”

Noel T. Brewer, director of the initiative, associate professor in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and partner with the N.C. Division of Public Health, was quoted as saying the “…number of deaths from the illness has dropped steadily over three decades in the state and across the nation, and that all cervical-cancer deaths are preventable.” He added that cervical cancer “is an illness that kills people in countries where people do not have access to health care.”

It was reported that GlaxoSmithKline, manufacturer of the HPV vaccine, Cervarix donated $1.5 million to the initiative to implement educational campaigns “to increase voluntary vaccinations, and efforts to get more women to get screened more frequently.”

While members of TruthAboutGardasil.org, (TAG) applaud the goal to eradicate cervical cancer, we feel it is unconscionable to use the HPV vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix to achieve it.

An analysis of the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) from April 14, 2010 backs up our concerns. To date a total of 18, 299 adverse reactions from the HPV vaccine, primarily Gardasil have been reported. 71.2 percent of the adverse events are reported within the first 6 months of receiving the vaccination.

In North Carolina a total number of 378 adverse reactions have been reported to VAERS – more than triple the number of deaths in the state from cervical cancer.  Many of those girls are now sick and disabled unable to continue their previously healthy lives as adolescent girls.  There were 7 life threatening reports, 184 emergency room visits, 21 hospitalizations with 4 extended stays, 62 not yet recovered, 10 disabled, and one death reported subsequent to vaccination.

Rosemary Mathis, co-founder of TruthAboutGardasil.org was interviewed for an expose, Mom Blames Teen’s Illness on HPV Vaccine on NBC affiliate WXII12 – http://www.wxii12.com/news/23519907/detail.html in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Tuesday, May 11. Within hours she received emails from numerous mothers across the state whose daughters were experiencing similar symptoms but had not related their illnesses to Gardasil. Mathis advised these mothers to report their daughter’s injuries to VAERS. (Read the comments to the interview.)

The potential magnitude of unreported deaths and injury not only in the U.S. but worldwide is of great concern. So the question still stands – eradicate cervical cancer but at whose cost?  The answer should not be the very girls you are claiming to protect.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.